Hot Crab Dip and Hello Again

by Darina on February 20, 2012

Hello again. It’s been far too long. I don’t know about you, but my 2012 got off to a hectic start.  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but I’ve been thinking about my blog–almost daily.  Trying to figure out where I want it to go, how much time I can realistically devote to it.  To be honest, I’ve often though of just stopping this business of blogging. But then I realize that I would miss coming to this place to share my photos and talk about what I’ve been cooking. I know my audience is a lot smaller than some, but I imagine I have some loyal readers out there somewhere who keep on returning, even the face of my silence. If this is you, I thank you.

In addition to working full-time, I’m taking a college program in photography. Somewhere along the line, I started looking at food photography less as a hobby and more something that I wanted to pursue professionally on some level. I have a long way to go, and it will take me almost three years to finish my program.  But three years will come and go anyway, so I want to spend them doing something I’m passionate about.  I’m not sure what will come of it all, and judging from the number of people in my classes, everyone and their Uncle Jim wants to be a photographer these days. But as a career counselor, I never tell people that their goals are unrealistic. Empires have been built out of nothing. I believe you can have what you want if you work hard enough. Want it hard enough.

With these classes I’m taking, you’d think I’d have more to offer in terms of food photos, but I’ve been shooting mostly landscapes and people. So today I’m here endeavoring to step up my game again, and start by offering you the recipe for this humble hot crab dip. I don’t know the origins of this one. I got it from a friend who got it from her mother, who got it from a neighbor and so on. It’s a simple recipe, but one that will knock your socks off.



Hot Crab Dip

1 package cream cheese

1 can crab

1 green onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon horseradish

1 tablespoon milk

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

dash of freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and transfer to an oven proof dish. Bake for 20 minutes, until heated through.

That’s it. That’s all.


Adieu until next time, my friends. Hopefully very soon.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather K February 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

As a fan of your website I have missed you! You are a talented photographer, your pictures are great! Aaannnnddd…I am very happy right now because 1. I’m hungry and 2. I have all of the ingredients for the above recipe!

Darina February 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

Thanks, Heather. That lovely comment will keep me going. Let me know how you like it.

Helene February 22, 2012 at 5:41 am

I know how hard it is to devote time to blogging, especially if you are takings classes. Like the styling of your pictures.

Darina February 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Thank you, Helene. I’m glad to see your blog is still going. It is always inspirational.

Nicole March 3, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I always thought your photos were fabulous! Looking at them makes even me want to cook your recipes – and that is the best compliment ever since you know how I feel about cooking… Wishing you all the best for your course and happy new year – better late than never. Baci e abbracci from Germany! 😉

Darina March 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

Thank you. I will write to you soon. Haven’t heard from in ages. Hope all is well.

Beverly August 11, 2012 at 6:08 am

I stumbled upon Gratinee the other night while surfing the web! How timely! I prepared this lovely hot crab dip and brought it to a gathering last night! It was a hit! I added chopped shrimp and more horseradish to taste!

Darina August 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love this, dip, too. And I often do exactly that–add shrimp and more horseradish. Horseradish gives it that extra kick. Glad it was a hit and glad you stopped by, Beverly.

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